Sedna Desgagnes lays outside of the shipping channel near Ogdensburg.
Photo provided by Abaco Marine Towing, LLC of Clayton
UPDATED (Oct 15 - 11:30 a.m.) Sedna Desgagnes is confirmed to have run aground near Ogdensburg on the south side of the St. Lawrence River.
Early Sunday morning, the fully loaded ship exited the shipping channel and struck a nearby shoal, becoming hard aground and unable to dislodge. The ship is now listing to the starboard side while the bow rests on the shoal. It is not far from the Prescott-Ogdensburg International Bridge.
The ship was en route to Chicago with unprocessed steel and traveling at or near the Seaway maximum draft levels.
The 456-foot long ship, built in 2009, is currently awaiting assistance from tugs to free the vessel from the shoal. It is likely that cargo will need to be unloaded in order to lighten the ship. From there it will need to undergo extensive inspections before being allowed to proceed.
Strong currents will play a huge factor in freeing the ship. This portion of the river is known to give ships grief if under low power or attempting to dock.
Ocean tug Georgie Bain arrived after 11 a.m. on Monday morning.
There have been no reports of pollution or injuries. No official word of the cause is known at this time. Seaway traffic is not effected by the grounding.
A timeline or execution plan to remove the ship is still not determined at this point.